The Mariposario - Butterfly Park - is located next to the Buddhist Temple in Benalmádena Pueblo on the Costa del Sol and is a stunning place to visit. If you are a fan of nature and of butterflies and moths, you can easily end up spending a couple of hours in this place.
It is a very relaxing environment, with ambient music to add to the atmosphere.
How to get there
By car: Autovía del Mediterraneo A7, exit 217
Train: Local train C1 from Málaga, getting off at Benalmádena-Arroyo de la Miel. Outside the station is the bus stop where you can catch the bus to the Pueblo, getting off at 'Estupa Tibetana'.
Bus: L2 (Benalmádena), M 112 (Málaga-Mijas) and M121 (Torremolinos-Benalmádena-Mijas)
The butterflies fly freely throughout the park and amongst the visitors, so you must take great care when wandering around. The butterflies, some of them very big indeed, quite happily settle on people but you should not touch them.
The park has a tropical humidity of 80% and the temperature is maintained at between 24 and 29 degrees. Quite warm!
There are around 1,500 butterflies flying around the park belonging to about 150 species and, given that the lifespan of the butterfly is but a few weeks, there are always new ones appearing.
Hours and Tariffs
The Mariposario is open every day from 10:00 to 19:00.
Children (3-12 years) €6.50
There are also other animals and birds loose in the park, such as squirrels and beautiful Gouldian and Star finches.
Photography, including the use of flash, is permitted.
The site is suitable for those with mobility problems.